Here is a project for all of you who want to gut your kitchen, but other financial commitments push it down the list. I am dreaming of a new kitchen for Christmas, but with college tuition and a husband in a digital health startup ** new cabinets, counters, and appliances are in a holding pattern. Today’s project is about how to build a kitchen counter from finished birch plywood.
My husband decided to build a temporary countertop, stained to match (blend) with our existing granite squares.
We wanted the space between the kitchen and dining room to have a finished look after we removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room. Knocking out the wall forced us to create a temporary kitchen counter that transitioned from the dining room into the kitchen. The decision gave us time to shore up finances before we gutted the entire kitchen.
And, here’s the best part: our kitchen counter turned out so great it might be more of a long-term solution.
** Sidebar: One of the perks of a spouse in a startup is he challenges his energy (stress) into DIY projects.
The Making of a Counter
But when we took out a 1/2 wall between our dining room and kitchen we had an exposed counter and an unfinished extended counter for a breakfast bar. We also had exposed 2×4’s and plumbing that needed to be moved about seven inches into the half wall.
Plywood Counter Details:
- When we removed half the wall we need to create an extended countertop. The originally 2×4 frame was cut at the height of the counter to the ceiling. We also had an inch drop from the granite counter and unfinished 1/2 wall space. See photos below.
We reinforced the inside of the 1/2 wall with a 2×4’s to anchor the wall and to stabilize the space.
- Used 1 1/2″ sheet of plywood to secure the 2×4 rectangular frame (counter)
- Adhered 3/4″ finished birch plywood with construction glue to the finished plywood
- We extended the counter a bit to create a breakfast bar.
- Finished the edges with 1×2″ select birch trim.
- Stained the finished birch plywood with black stains & multiple coats of a high gloss sealer.
Until this kitchen counter project, I did not think it was possible to create a beautiful, solid surface countertop made from a sheet of plywood and finished birch plywood. Two types of plywood stacked on top of each other.
I like it so much I might just tear out the existing granite squares!
Linking to: Chic on a Shoestring Budget